My mom and I are doing a driving tour of England the last two weeks of April. We have lodging the first few nights and a little later in the trip we have a self-catering. Should we book most of our B&Bs ahead or look for places as we go. We want to be flexible but we don't want to sleep in the car! Any experience in southern England for these times, especially weekends?
I would not chance it You can spend alot of time looking for accomodations otherwise. consider the chain and affordable hotel Travelodge UK. great values espec when booked ahead. I too like to be flexible but in UK I would not.
Availability may be limited this late, but I'd check out the B&Bs and book immediately. Personally, I find them so much more interesting than hotels. If you enjoy learning the local history and chatting with people, learning about out-of-the-way places that you often don't find in guidebooks, B&B operators (guest house managers)add so much to a trip. Check out http://www.theleauses.co.uk/ in the Cotswolds, which are not to be missed. Also http://www.thehenry.com/ in Bath.
Have a look at the youth hostels. www.hiusa.org
They are scattered around and a great bargain.